UKRI Launches COP26 Fellowships

UK Research and Innovation, through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are sponsoring one-year COP26 Fellowships.

The Fellowships are an opportunity for early career and experienced researchers to engage with the international climate negotiations in the run up to the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26).

The overarching purpose of the Fellowships is to support the international climate negotiations through the provision, synthesis, translation or interpretation of scientific evidence.  

Applications are invited from across disciplines, including social sciences, natural sciences, engineering and arts / humanities.  Within this disciplinary breadth, proposed topics must be of direct practical relevance to the deliberations at COP26 and support the objectives of the COP.

The following research topics have been identified as particularly salient to the COP negotiations.  However, innovative proposals on other COP-relevant topics, and proposals that cut across topics, are also welcome:

Raising ambition

Climate change and health, including links to Covid-19 

Climate finance 

Adaptation, climate resilience and loss & damage 

The case for a just transition 

The Paris process and wider climate initiatives.

The Fellowships will be awarded through the ESRC-funded Place-Based Climate Action Network (PCAN).

Applicants must have an existing employment contract with a UK Higher Education institution and have the support of their institution. Applications are welcome from both early career and established researchers.  All Fellows must have completed their PhDs.

The overall budget is £400,000.

ESRC anticipate making four to six awards, implying an indicative budget of £65,000 – £100,000 per Fellowship.  Standard FEC rules apply where UKRI will contribute 80% FEC and the host institution 20% FEC.

Funds may be used to cover salaries, research assistance, engagement activities, travel and other research expenses. Overheads and estate costs are eligible.

Proposals should be submitted by the deadline of 28 June 2020 (12.00am BST).

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